Nigeria’s telecommunications operator Globacom, has entered into a $750 million deal with Huawei Technologies in a move that will the expansion and extension of Glo network’s capacity as part of Globacom’s 10 anniversary plan.
Globacom’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Mohamed Jameel said:“After 10 years in business, we decided to upscale our network 10-fold to the very latest technology in global telecommunications. The massive expansion project will involve network upgrade and overhaul of infrastructure across the country as well as expansion and densification projects that will on completion in six months, enable the network to cater more for its existing and potential subscribers.”
Jameel added that 2013 was Globacom’s 10th anniversary and the firm was celebrating being the choice network for Nigerians.
Huawei was equally pleased to be part of the expansion agreement.
David Fan, Huawei’s Vice-President, West Africa said:“This is a huge expansion project. We promise Globacom and its teeming subscribers that we will meet their expectations and deliver a network they will all be proud of. Globacom is definitely going places.”
Huawei will help Globacom set up new switches, increase mobile switching centres to curb congestion and construct an additional 4,000km of optic fibre cable to add to its already existing fibre optic facility in the country.
Though Glo has a powerful IP/MPLS and TDM technologies (30 gigabyte capacity) for video, voice and data services, the upgrade will make it fully integrated Generalised Multi-protocol Label Switching (GMPLS).
Huawei will also instal of new base stations and densify existing ones; establish three new mini call centres countrywide to carry the growing subscriber base; and upgrade Globacom’s radio access network for unparalleled speed and reliability.
Globacom says it will stay committed to its promise to build a robust ICT network infrastructure globally to deliver value to its esteemed customers and make it a network with unlimited possibilities.